What are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are kind of restorative medicine treatment wont to repair minimal tooth fractures, cavity or otherwise broken surfaces of the teeth. Dental filling materials, which include composite, porcelain or silver amalgam, can be used to even tooth surfaces for better chewing or biting.

Enamel loss is a general component of tooth decay and can result in tooth sensitivity. In many cases, tooth sensitivity caused by enamel loss is going to be considerably improved or utterly eliminated once a suitable dental filling material is placed.

During preventive dental hygiene checkups or dental emergency visits prompted by a toothache, your dentist evaluates your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure. He identifies the tooth affected by decay or damage and then prepares the tooth to restore the damaged area. The decay or damage is removed with a dental tool and the area is cleansed to remove bacteria or debris before the restoration is completed.

The first step in acting a composite filling procedure involves isolation of the tooth. Tooth isolation is important in a composite restoration because it prevents moisture from interfering with the bonding process.

What Are Fillings Used For?

Fillings are commonly used to restore the structure and strength of a tooth that has undergone cavity treatment. This treatment involves the removal of a decayed tooth structure, which can leave the tooth susceptible to further decay. In such cases, white fillings protect the tooth and maintain oral health.

For more extensive restorative treatments, such as root canal treatment or the removal of significant tooth decay, pre-formed fillings called inlays or onlays might be used. Additionally, dental crowns can fully encase a tooth with a protective ceramic cap. These treatments can help to safeguard the tooth and prevent further damage or decay.

What are my dental fillings options?

 

When it comes to dental fillings, there are generally two options available: metal and composite resin. Metal fillings are typically made from a mixture of metals and mercury, known as silver amalgam or gold. On the other hand, the composite resin is a blend of plastic and silica, which is biocompatible and creates a natural-looking appearance due to the reflective properties of the silica. In other words, composite resin fillings can closely resemble the look and feel of natural tooth enamel, while metal fillings are made of either silver or gold amalgam.

How long have white fillings been around?

Metal amalgam fillings have been used for centuries, while composite resin fillings were first introduced in the 1960s. The popularity of composite resin grew quickly due to its biocompatibility and superior cosmetic results, as it does not contain mercury and can closely match the appearance of natural teeth. Additionally, composite resin fillings have a lifespan that matches or exceeds that of metal amalgam fillings. As the material for white fillings evolved, and the bonding process was refined, Dental Clinics such as Marmaris Dental Center have a reliable and effective treatment option for their patients.

Benefits of White Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings have become the restoration of choice for many reasons.

Lower Sensitivity Risk

Composite resin doesn’t heat up as fast as metal. This allows patients to avoid unpleasant reactions when eating hot or cold foods and drinks. Silver amalgam fillings can cause some people to have a reaction when they drink hot tea or eat ice cream. Your tooth is protected from temperature fluctuations by white fillings.

Safety

When it comes to safety, white fillings are a preferable option. Metal fillings have the potential to release small amounts of metal particles into the mouth and bloodstream over time, while silver amalgam fillings can contain trace amounts of mercury, a known neurotoxin. On the other hand, white fillings made of composite resin are biocompatible and do not contain harmful metals or chemicals, making them a safer choice for patients.

Stability

In terms of stability, white fillings have an advantage over metal fillings. While silver amalgam fillings can expand and contract with temperature changes, potentially causing damage to the surrounding tooth structure over time, white fillings made of composite resin do not experience significant expansion or contraction due to temperature fluctuations. This makes them a more stable and reliable option for dental fillings.

Natural Looking Results

In terms of appearance, white fillings offer an aesthetically pleasing option for dental restoration. The composite resin material used in white fillings can even be used in cosmetic dental procedures, such as dental bonding, due to its ability to blend seamlessly with natural tooth structure. This is because the color of the resin can be matched to the shade of the surrounding teeth, and its pliable nature allows it to be molded and blended in with adjacent tooth structures before it hardens. Additionally, composite resin has a natural luster that can be further polished by Dental Clinics like Marmaris Dental Center, resulting in a finish that closely resembles the natural look of teeth. As a result, many patients find that their white fillings are virtually indistinguishable from their natural teeth.

How are white fillings placed?

White fillings can be placed quickly and comfortably at Marmaris Dental Center’s dental practice. First, the treatment site will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Then, a special etching compound will be used to prepare the tooth’s surface by opening up microscopic pores on the enamel, allowing the composite resin to form a solid bond with the tooth. The Dentist will carefully color-match the resin to your natural teeth, then expertly mold the material over the treatment site to blend seamlessly with the surrounding tooth structure.

A special blue light will be used to harden the fillings, which cures the resin in a matter of seconds. Once the material has cured, Dentist will check your bite to ensure that the fillings do not interfere with your natural bite. Any necessary adjustments can be made at this time.

Recovery time is not necessary following white filling placement, and side effects are rare. The procedure is straightforward, and patients can leave the dental office with a fully restored, natural-looking smile.

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